PRISONS: Good Samaritan

At 1 o'clock one morning last week, two Texas state highway patrolmen spotted a flashy new green Mercury hardtop convertible barreling into the shadowed outskirts of Houston with a "suspicious" young man at the wheel. They pulled him to the side of the road and peered into the car. A blonde girl of 15 was sitting beside him. The driver, one Alton Franks, 19, explained that the girl was his wife. The cops grunted noncommittally and asked for his driver's license. He had none. Then they spotted a .38-caliber pistol on the back seat. They hauled Franks, his car, his...

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